CBS Evening News for Monday, Apr 09, 1973
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(Studio) Army discharge papers important for job-seeking Vietnam vets.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(DC) 188,000 Vietnam vets. got undesirable discharges from services. [Ralph Nader lawyer Ray BONNER - says bad conduct discharge can only be given after court -martial. Undesirable discharges given more freely and with less fairness.] ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) group helping some vets. get papers reviewed, but process slow and usually review board refuses to change discharge. 93% men with undesirable discharges get no vets. benefits. Vets previously given bad discharges for drug use. Now services give general discharge for this and are willing to upgrade old undesirable ones. Nader law group suing to force Pentagon to notify all vets. of change. Men with general discharge also suffer in seeking jobs. Are almost 400,000 general and bad discharges among Vietnam vets.
REPORTER: Bruce Morton
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